It’s no secret I love podcasts and try to push them on everyone I know… Well, today is no different. If you haven’t dipped your ears into the pool of podcasts then consider this your doggy paddle lesson. Here are three podcast episodes I’ve listened to recently and thought were exceptionally good:
Why I Like It :: I love a good coincidence story. It has suspense and intrigue. I feel like there should be a Finnish word to describe the feeling you get when you’re part of one. If anything, this podcast will make you want to pay attention to your surroundings and the minutia of your daily life. You never know what will pop back up days or years later. That’s part of the fun of being alive. (Please tell me a coincidence story if you have one!)
Why I Like It :: This one surprised me. It is not at all what you think it might be about. Within this podcast there are a diverse range of stories and angles on the topic including one with a holocaust survivor (my favorite part). I was thinking it was going to be more about fashion but it ended up being more about psychology (and the interesting people in the episode). Human interest and psychology are the perfect combo.
Why I Like It :: First, I love Tim Gunn and I love Michael Ian Black. Second, Michael Ian Black is extremely good at interviewing. I am really impressed. Tim Gunn is very relatable, open, and smart in this interview. I’ve listened to a few interviews with Tim Gunn and this one is my favorite. Michael Ian Black asks the best questions and all the questions you would want asked. I would recommend this podcast as a whole. I’ve enjoyed all of them that I’ve listened to.
If you’re wondering when to listen… I listen to podcasts on my commute, while cleaning my house, getting ready in the morning, prepping dinner, and walking the dogs. Basically anytime you have a mundane task is a good time to listen.
If you listen to podcasts, let me know what you’re listening to! I love to try new ones.
Ok, so here’s the deal. I love the “look” of fall. I love the light, the color of leaves, pumpkins on my door step. I also love the “lewk” of fall. In honor of my favorite season, I want to share some of my favorite fall related beauty things you might already have at home (and have forgotten about) or might want to try out because I say they’re awesome. Here goes…
:: SKINCARE :: I typically have normal to dry skin but when the seasons change I start leaning more to the dry side. Y’all know I’m all about taking care of my skin and that includes a thorough night time routine. To keep my epidermis looking it’s best in the new cooler season I exfoliate and moisturize with fancier masks than I use in warmer months. One has pumpkin in it for all you fanatics!
Exfoliating : Peter Thomas Roth’s Pumpkin Enzyme Mask <<< Don’t be scared off by the price tag. This mask will last you over a year at least since you should only use it once or twice a week. It’s not too gentle, it’s not too harsh, it’s just right. And it smells like pumpkin!
Moisturizer : First Aid Beauty’s Facial Radiance Overnight Mask <<< I’ve sung the praises of this mask before and I’ll sing them again and again. No other product visibly makes my skin look better in one use than this does… Radiance for real!
:: NAILS :: One of the first things that signifies “fall” to me is when I stop wearing my happy blue polish and switch to my muted and deep polishes. I always look forward to the fall nail polish launches. Something about those colors feel sophisticated and chic. This year I’m planning on experimenting with OPI’s matte top coat with a few nude/neutral tones. I feel like it will be awesome. I’ll keep you updated on that but these are my fail safe go-to’s:
Top pick : Essie’s For the Twill of it <<< I can’t recall a polish I’ve been more excited about buying than this one when it launched. This is probably one of my most worn polishes. It’s beautiful and different.
Runner up : OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark <<< This is a throw back but it’s sooo classic and flattering on all skin tones (and it’s on sale!). When in doubt, go dark.
:: EYES :: The past couple of years I’ve really honed my skills in the eyeshadow department (thanks youtube!). I tend to go with a similar look on a daily basis (neutral, duh). When fall hits, I like to pile it on a little bit more. I like to think it feels cozy? This season is going to be all about the red eyeshadow. If you’re not ready for the possibly disastrous pigment I have two solid picks in the neutral but awesome category:
Top pick : Burberry’s Pale Barley <<< If you’re up to spending $30 on a single eye shadow I can’t recommend this one enough! It builds beautifully and is a one shadow wonder. It looks nice with a matte brown in the crease and some brown liner.
Runner up : Maybelline’s Bad To The Bronze <<< No primer needed for this one. It’s a perfect silky bronze and for $5 why not?! I like to pair this one with dusty pink in the crease.
:: LIPS :: I wait all spring and summer to break out my dark lipsticks. I don’t go super dark but if it has “plum” in the name, here’s my debit card. This year I’m thinking it’s going to be all about the liquid matte lipsticks but I’m here to tell you there ain’t nothing wrong with a little bit of sheen. (DON’T BE FOOLED, I LOVE MATTE LIPS!) Here are my most worn fall shades:
Top pick : MAC’s Plumful <<< If there is a more perfect shade, PROVE IT. Pair this with a berry lipliner and you’re in business. I get the most compliments on this shade. It’s a creamy formula so it’s not drying at all and easy to apply.
Runner up : Maybelline’s Touch of Spice <<< Inexpensive and practically perfect. This color looks perfect with muted pink anything. It’s a matte lipstick but it’s easy and comfortable to wear. No liner needed.
:: PERFUME :: The idea of multiple and seasonal perfumes is a new concept to me. I always got a nice bottle for Christmas and used it all year until I ran out and got a new one the following Christmas. Recently I’ve been wanting to try different perfumes. If you’ve never noticed, perfume is expensive! So, I was doing a little research and found the company Scentbird. I think what they are doing is so genius! It’s a subscription based service that will send you a month’s supply of designer perfume that YOU PICK! That way you can easily change for the season and try out different scents before you commit to a larger bottle. You don’t get a rollerball, you actually get a reusable sprayer. They are not paying me to say any of this. I really think it’s a great idea and especially for only $15 a month. Here are my fall picks:
Top pick : Tom Ford’s Black Orchid <<< This scent has developed somewhat of a cult following and it’s on the higher end of the price scale. I’ve been wanting to try it for a long time and hello, along came Scentbird and it’s miiinnnneeee. This scent is woodsy, warm, luxurious and perfect for fall.
Runner up : Elizabeth and James’ Nirvana Black <<< I’m a sucker for anything and all things Olsen twins (and Elizabeth!). This is a strong scent so a little dab will do ya. But the vanilla with the sandalwood… heaven in my nose.
*** Because Scentbird is awesome they are offering you guys (my friends!) 15% off your first month with the code MJOY15 !!! ***
:: Recipe :: Sometimes salads sound just like well.. a salad. BORING. But! I have found my favorite salad EVER. It is a Crunchy Cabbage Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing. I like a lot of “stuff” in a salad and this one definitely delivers on the stuff. It does take some time to chop everything and make the dressing but IT IS SO WORTH IT. It makes a good amount too.
:: Book :: The book I read and finished this month was Love Style Life by blogger and illustrator, Garance Dore. Visually it is a beautiful and well designed. It’s the kind of book you want to keep out and thumb through from time to time. Garance gives advice and personal experiences on topics of love, style, and life. My personal favorite is her advice on not f*cking up the hello.
:: Nail Polish :: If you know me, my nails are almost always painted. I love nail polish. I love painting my nails. I love having painted nails. Recently I picked up this Nails Inc. polish from Sephora. It is a dusty muted pink, perfect for everyday wear. I stared at my hands a lot when I wore it. That’s the test of a good polish for me.
:: Make Up :: If you’re a guy or gal that likes to conceal imperfections then listen up. I picked up the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Concealer this month and it is SO GOOD. It is the perfect amount of coverage and so smooth and creamy. I got the shade “light warm” and it’s brightening but not too light for me.
:: Video :: It’s no secret that Maya Angelou was full of inspiration and wisdom. This video is no exception and something I’ve taken to heart this past month. So let’s all be rainbows, ok?
:: Art :: I know I’ve been going on and on about it but ANDY WARHOL’S BUTTERFLIES y’all! If you missed it I wrote a blog post on them here. His ink blot technique has inspired me to try it out for myself. I made an iPhone wallpaper inspired by it that went out in my first ever Email Surprise (sign up in the box to the left!).
:: Blog :: As you probably know I’ve started #The100DaysProject by drawing 100 portraits (#100DaysOfPortraitsbyMJ). Man Repeller just so happened to do an interview post with an illustrator and the people he draws off the street! I loved seeing the illustrations and photographs of the real people. Maybe this is what I should aspire to?
:: Clothing :: I bought this jacket from Zara because I couldn’t resist. I’m really needing a jacket now that it’s 80 degrees out! But really I have worn it twice. It’s so cute and it has ice cream on it! I paired it with this tank top. I wear mostly neutrals and I’m trying to add some more “fun” to my wardrobe this year.
:: TV Show :: Do you like weird religious cult shows? If you answered yes then you should check out The Path on Hulu. Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad is the main star. It is perfectly fascinating and weird because I like weird religious cult things. It reminds me of Scientology (or rather what I know about Scientology) mixed with a hippie cult. Very interesting!
:: Quote :: I know it’s not “healthy” to relate so much to this quote but I have a feeling you will too.
What have you been mentally favorite-ing recently? Anything I should try/watch/read/know?
:: TV Show :: I started watching The Great British Baking Show on Netflix on a whim. Now I want to erase my mind and keep watching it over and over again. There are so many weird things that the British bake that we’ve never heard of in the US of A. So it’s educational too. Desserts and English quirk, that’s all I need in a show these days.
:: Recipe :: Okay, so I was inspired by the The Great British Baking Show and decided I was going to make scones. I’ve never made scones before but I consider myself a decent baker. I made these Strawberries and Cream Scones and they were perfectly sweet and fluffy and most importantly easy. If you’ve never had a scone before they are kind of like sweet biscuits. I ate mine with tea because I’m basically British now.
:: Book :: I’ve been making a habit to read for 30-ish minutes before bed this year. I read Twyla Tharp’s The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life this month. This book is very thoughtful and has great insight on feeling in control of your creativity– whatever your creative outlet may be. Twyla offers a lot of advice/exercises on pushing your creativity and also what to do if you feel stuck. This is a book I’ll be going back to and referencing in the future for sure.
:: Person :: I have a running list of people I’m inspired by and my most recent person is Jenny Walton. I saw her mentioned in a blog post on people to follow on Instagram a few months ago and started following her. Since then I’ve seen her pop up all over the place. She’s a fashion illustrator and just all around cool stylish girl. So you know, EXACTLY WHO I WANT TO BE.
:: Video :: I feel like the 90s is my wheelhouse for dance moves. I don’t have enough booty or dexterity to twerk really. So, I was super pumped when Greg sent me this 90s Dance compilation video. Needless to say we paused and practiced every dance move until we got it right. Also, it’s great entertainment for parties and other get-togethers. I’m speaking from experience so trust me.
:: Clothing :: Speaking of the 90s… my favorite item of clothing this month has been my jean jacket. It’s true what they say, it’s so versatile! I’ve actually had my jacket for a few years and just recently that I’ve been wearing it so much. Jean jackets are perfect for the enamel pin trend too, show off your flair!
:: Makeup :: In the past year or so I’ve really embraced makeup (ha, why does that seem so weird to say?). I watch youtube videos ALL THE TIME and have really stepped up my game (hello liquid eye liner). One product that I think is worth the money and hype is Lorac PRO Palette eyeshadows. They are like BUT-TER, so creamy and smooth to blend. This palette has a great variety of wearable colors too.
:: Blog :: I have been a big fan of Bri Embry’s blog DesignLoveFest for a long time. Recently she’s changed up her posts and format and I am loving it. In particular I’m loving the Magic 8 Ball posts. I love a good round up of things and these post are so visually pleasing and just plain cool. “It is certain” you are going to like them too.
:: Quote :: Now, this is a philosophy I can get behind.
Pray tell me, what have you been loving? Oh, and if you’ve made it this far in the post… you should TOTALLY put your email address in the little box in the sidebar. I’m going to send you cool things FO’ FREE.
Happy end of April! Happy end of rain (hopefully)! Happy May flowers! This month has FLOWN by for me. I’m looking on to summer (I can’t help the teacher in me). If you’re interested, I’ve collected a few favorites for the month:
EAT – Salads! :: I’ve been on a salad kick this month. I feel like I wasn’t getting enough greens. For salads to be delicious they should have plenty of toppings and protein. For the protein, Greg has been smoking a couple of chickens a week but a rotisserie chicken will suffice. Here are some easy yet delicious salad ideas to try: Apple, Walnut, Cranberry, Apple, White Cheddar, and Spinach with Honey-Apple Cider Vinaigrette, and Shredded Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad with Lemon Dressing.
READ – “How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life” :: I don’t know how I missed this story in the news a while back but it is CRAZY. These are definitely first world problems and over sensitive politically correct society problems but it is so fascinating… and scary.
WATCH – “Bloodline” :: I blew through the newly released episodes of MadMen on Netflix and needed something else to watch. I love a good murder suspense show. Saw this Netflix original recommended for me a few times and finally plunged. It might have gotten a little predictable towards the end but it keeps you going back for more. Season two comes out spring 2016.(!!!)
HOME – Handmade Mugs :: I searched Etsy like a mad woman near Christmas for the perfect handmade mugs for Greg. I ended up buying some from this seller. They are wonderful! My grandmother recently gave me a few more she bought from a ceramicist here in Alabama. My new goal is to have only handmade mugs. They make drinking tea and coffee even more enjoyable.
SOCIAL – Jen Gotch :: So if I were able to pick a best friend from all that I follow on social media it would have to be Jen Gotch of Ban.do. I love her self deprecating humor. Her captions always make me laugh. If you don’t mind an F word here and there you’ll like following her. Follow Ban.do too if you want to see pretty/fun images. I want to be in their Girl Gang so badly! I promise I’m not a stalker.
For some February is the worst. I don’t actually mind it or the winter (since I have seasonal depression in all seasons anyway, haha am I right???). Here are a few things that made this month tolerable for me and maybe will make March a little more welcomed for you:
EAT – Creamy Chicken, Mushroom, and Wild Rice Soup :: I’ve made this two times and it is very flavorful and super EASY. I use a rotisserie chicken and just add it in at the end. I also like mine with about a cup more chicken broth than it calls for. SO DELICIOUS.
WATCH – Kenny G and Warren G on Jimmy Kimmel :: If you haven’t seen this yet, you will feel 10x better once you do. Kenny G gets down. And his hair.
TIP – Relax to stay warm! :: I read this little trick (#1) and tested it. It worked.
BEAUTY – Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz :: The eyebrow product I never knew I needed. I promise it will keep your eyebrows on fleek through spring (as the kids say).
WEAR – Frye Jillian Chelsea Boot :: These will work all year, right? Frye really makes quality boots. They are definitely worth the money.
DINE – Galley and Garden :: If you’re in Birmingham or visiting I suggest this place for a special meal. Get dessert. More specifically the beignets with bacon infused powder sugar and an espresso/vanilla dipping sauce.
INSPIRATION – Pin :: Styling has been something that I’m into these days. I love the randomness of the objects and the color blocked background. It feels so fresh.
SOCIAL – Eva Chen’s Snapchat :: I was skeptical about Snapchat for a long time but now it’s one of my favorite social media outlets. Eva Chen is the new-ish editor of Lucky Magazine. I follow her on Instagram and now on Snapchat. I love the “they’re just like us” aspect of following celebrities on Snapchat. Eva is really fun, quirky, creative, and fashionable. (My username is molliejoydesign if you want to follow me the non-celeb though.)
NAILS – Essie Master Plan with Essie Hors d’Oeuvres on top :: I’m borderline clinically obsessed with painting my nails. This combo is the perfect neutral with a little bit of sparkle. It kept me happy for a good two weeks.
READ – Pocket :: I read A LOT of blogs and articles online daily. I used to pin articles that I wanted to reread/keep to a private board but there were issues with that system. Then I discovered Pocket. You can categorize the articles with tags, easily email them, and there are multiple ways to save. It is so awesome. I use Pocket on my iPhone and iPad too.
MOVE – Yoga with Adriene :: This is your answer if you are afraid to go to a class, can’t get to a class, or are completely new to the idea. I got really into yoga when I moved to Birmingham almost seven (!!!) years ago. Little known fact is that I’m into lifting heavy weights these days so I don’t make it to the studio like I used to. My fitness priorities have shifted but yoga is good to incorporate into any regimen. Adriene will hook you up.
ENJOY – Hot tubs :: Ok, so this is a random thing but Greg and I went with a group of people to the mountains for a long weekend. We stayed in a big cabin with a hot tub. We rigged the TV up outside so we never had to leave. It made me immensely happy. When in doubt, find a hot tub. Add wine.